A website of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Teaching About Refugees presents free and adaptable teaching materials on refugees, asylum, migration, and statelessness, as well as a section dedicated to professional development and guidance for elementary and secondary school teachers on including refugee children in their classes. The site’s sections are entitled “Words Matter,” “Facts and Figures About Refugees,” “UNHCR Media Materials and Reports,” “Teaching Materials,” “Including Refugees in Your Classroom,” and “Other Teaching Resources.” Since refugee children have often experienced traumatic events in their country of origin and during their journey to safety, Including Refugees in Your Classroom provides background materials developed by UNHCR and the Harvard Center on the Developing Child on how stress and trauma interfere with executive function in children. The Stress and Trauma Guide describes the symptoms teachers may observe when working with refugee children and suggests class activities and exercises to release tension and allow refugee children to express emotions in a safe environment. In addition, most refugee children go through an intensive phase of language development when they arrive in schools in host countries. The UNHCR Language Acquisition Guidebook explains what teachers can expect from children learning a new language, how long language acquisition may take, and how understanding and internalizing new languages can be improved.
Each time you and your students embark on a new story,
your characters undergo a transformation. If you lead your students through the
elements we’ve discussed (creating an epic classroom, uncovering a conflict, and traversing the rising action to solve the conflict) then the transformation will happen by itself. A critical part of
epic learning is helping students to realize that metamorphosis and use what
they’ve learned. Here are a few activities to facilitate reflection and wrap up
your epic learning experience.
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The Games for Change (G4C) Student Challenge combines students’ passion for games with digital learning and civicengagement. The challenge, which takes place in cities across the United States, includes professional development in game-based learning for up to 75 teachers per city, inschool and afterschool game-making courses, student game jams and workshops, mentorship by professional game designers, and social issue themes with multimedia content provided by cause-based partners.